Utah's Wildlife Action Plan
A plan to help keep native Utah species off the Endangered Species List
A new Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) list is now available, which supersedes the list in the Wildlife Action Plan document.
Utah is often heralded for its large, huntable wildlife species, including elk, mule deer, moose, black bears and mountain lions. What many people don't realize is that Utah has hundreds of other native species, some of which are on the decline. The species that need conservation attention — and the habitats that support those animals — are the focus of Utah's Wildlife Action Plan.
The Utah Wildlife Action Plan was revised with the help of multiple conservation partners and was accepted in 2015 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This 10-year plan identifies species that need conservation attention, identifies their habitats, pinpoints threats to those species and identifies other limiting factors and areas where more information is needed to effectively manage species.
The Wildlife Action Plan also provides strong, clear guidance for improving habitats and strengthening wildlife populations. It is a strategic tool that, if fully implemented, can help reduce and prevent listings under the Endangered Species Act.
We invite you to download the plan and read about species of interest.
- Download Utah's 2015–2025 Wildlife Action Plan
- Read about conservation successes
- Selected data sets from the Wildlife Action Plan
LANDFIRE 2010 (version 1.2) data used in the 2015 Utah Wildlife Action Plan's terrestrial key habitats condition assessment. This spreadsheet consists of a number of tabs, reflecting a progressive series of data processing actions required to derive the final data formatting.
- The first tab — named "RawData — ALL BpS" — contains the raw data exported in GIS from the LANDFIRE website.
- Two tabs — named "pivot" and "Final — KeyHab" — will be most useful to users.
- GIS summary units are 8-digit Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUC-8's).
- Pivot chart columns indicate excess or deficit acreage, by S-class, for the a) Key Habitat biophysical (BpS) settings and b) HUC-8's selected.
For detailed descriptions of methods, as well as statewide (not HUC-8) summaries, please refer to the WAP's chapter and appendix on Key Habitats.
County-by-county .csv files intended to support county resource management plans
- Minor Amendment (May 2020)
- Minor Amendment (April 2021 and September 2022)
- Current SGCN List (includes both animals and plants)